BRUCE Ryan has a suggestion for locals this December: add a little history to your holidays.
Mr Ryan, who is the co-ordinator for the Bathurst Remembers project, which involves transferring footage of notable Bathurst events onto DVDs, says the DVDs are perfect to be played on TVs or big screens during the Christmas period.
“Since they are all focused on Bathurst and its most popular events, locals have a good chance of seeing themselves in some of the shots,” he said.
“The flagship production is Bicentenary Newsclips, a two-disk set of 54 chapters.”
The DVDs can be borrowed for free from Bathurst Library.
“Besides these materials being recorded for historical purposes, we see them being useful for display purposes, so if your group or centre wants something to play that captures attention because of its localism, let me know and we can perhaps help you arrange a showing,” Mr Ryan said.
“While the project has eased off on filming, there is a huge quantity of past events awaiting editing.
“Already, the project has digitally restored 150 television programs and documentaries, principally shot by the media unit of the NSW Department of Education.”
Mr Ryan said Bathurst Remembers DVDs available from Bathurst Library included Highlights Of The Bicentenary, Inland Sea of Sound 2015, Inland Sea of Sound 2016, Carols By Candlelight 2015, The Messiah and Symphony Of Australia at Mayfield Garden.
He said those wanting to borrow the DVDs should be aware the Bathurst Library will be closed for refurbishment from December 18 to January 29.
The $200,000 refurbishment for the Bathurst Library will include new carpet, updated electrical fixtures, new shelving and furniture and a new floor layout that aims to refresh the facility and make it a more welcoming environment.
Mr Ryan said the full Remembers collection can be located in the library’s online catalogue.
“A number of movies are also now appearing on Youtube under Bathurst Remembers,” he said.
He said the current major goal was for more Bathurst Remembers movies to go fully online.
“We are researching how to best do this utilising the latest Cloud technologies,” he said.
“Anyone interested in developing their film-making and internet skills and creating an appealing work resume is most welcome to join the project team.”
Contact Bruce Ryan on 6332 1247 for more information.